The Big Outside’s take on the FACE Photochromic antiFOG

The first two days I wore the Ryders Face anti-fog, photochromic sunglasses ($130, 1 oz.), I went Nordic skate-skiing on hilly trails (read: sweating a lot) in foggy conditions (read: very moist air), and I spent several hours backcountry skiing in a snowstorm—on both occasions in conditions in which every other pair of wrap-around shades I’ve worn would fog up, especially on long, uphill stretches. These didn’t. Even when I stepped inside the lodge after skate-skiing and rested the sunglasses atop my sweaty hat—in a heated building—they didn’t fog.

Trail Runner wearing Ryders Eyewear Whistler Winter


Even when I took a full-on face plant skiing downhill in backcountry powder, and rolled upright with my face plastered in snow, the sunglasses cleared as soon as I wiped the snow off the lenses. Credit an anti-fog coating on the back of the lenses and hydrophobic on the front. The Face shades are also photochromic, meaning the lenses change between darker and lighter depending on the amount of sunlight hitting them. In overcast, very flat light, the orange lenses gave the snowy landscape much more contrast and detail than I could see with the naked eye.